THE 'TRACTION' SERIES
we embarked on our TRACTION series in 1995, little did we realise that
the motive power scene was to change beyond all recognition in the next
five years. It was to prove the biggest traction transition since the
early sixties as the old corporate British Rail passed into the hands of
new private companies.
It was THE period to cover! The changes happened SO swiftly and
SO dramatically as not only were old locomotive liveries swept away by a
tide of new corporate colours but several hundred locomotives were
withdrawn to make way for Canadian-built Type 5 power.
was also a period that saw a reversal in the seemingly-endless decline
of rail-borne freight as well as the long-awaited return to the main
line of privately-owned diesels, including representatives from classes
33, 40, 45 and 55. But the TRACTION programmes not only focus on these
massive changes; they are also the only programmes of their kind to
feature many of the extraordinary locomotive workings that have occurred
- Class 73s to Birmingham on a passenger train, a pair of Class 20s on
the Royal Train, a Gatwick Express Class 73 hauling a Freightliner, a
Class 03 arriving at Kings Cross, a Class 46 on a Freightliner ... to
name but a few!
team of cameramen have travelled far and wide to ensure that this is THE
definitive review of the modern traction scene. For good measure, each
programme usually features around 20 different locomotive classes so,
whatever your taste in motive power, there’s something for everyone.
And if that’s not enough, the chronological running order of each
programme is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat while David
Maxey’s lively narration superbly complements the on-screen
don’t just take our word for it - the TRACTION series has received
rave reviews from the railway press: “A must! for all fans of the’
modern traction scene’.” Railway Magazine on T95; “Wedged solid
with splendid snippets capturing the weird and wonderful. “ Traction
Magazine on T97 Part 1; “A top priority for any, dedicated follower of
traction.” RAIL Magazine on T96 part 2; “Superb entertainment".
Rail Express on T96 — Part 1; “Twice a year I think to myself that
can't have done better than the last programme — and I’m always
proved wrong!” Traction Magazine on T97 - Part 2.
the demise of VHS we have now deleted all the tape versions of the
programmes that covered the period from 1995 to 2002. In their place is
the TRACTION DECADE double-disc DVD which is a ‘best of’ the first
10 years of the series. The individual programmes are then covered
on DVD from 2003 onwards.